Love, Marriage and Fidelity in Western Art
Speaker: Sophie Oosterwijk
Venue: Cultural Centre and your home (see below)
Date: 17th October at 18:00 (Spanish time)
Love, courtship and marriage have always been a source of inspiration to authors and artists alike. One of the most famous portraits in the National Gallery is Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434), which is an enigmatic painting despite following many marital conventions. Yet depictions have a much longer history. Already in Ancient Egyptian and Etruscan art people chose to have themselves immortalised as loving couples, also on their tombs. Double or pendant portraits were later commissioned in large numbers from artists such as Holbein, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Gainsborough. Yet other artists present a more ironic or even cynical attitude. After all, love and marriage are not always a bed of roses!